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Mom asks people to send birthday cards to dying son; it makes his day to get mail

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A terminally ill boy wants just one thing for his sixth birthday this week and it isn’t much – a box of birthday cards.

Danny Nickerson, 5, of Foxboro, Massachusetts, was diagnosed with a devastating brain cancer that is chemotherapy-resistant and inoperable.  Doctors say he has less than a 10 percent chance of living past 18 months.

Now that he no longer attends kindergarten as a result of his illness, Nickerson gets lonely spending his days in a hospital room.  While in school he learned how to recognize his name on paper and now delights in getting cards with it written on them, a gesture his mother said is the highlight of his day.

“He can recognize his name now,” Carley Nickerson, Danny’s mother told ABC News. “When he saw his name on the package from magical fairies on Easter, he was so happy.”

Easter brought Nickerson an influx of cards and packages, but that has since slowed dramatically.

In an effort to make his birthday his best, his mother has put out a request on his official Facebook page — Danny’s Warriors — asking the public to send her son cards.  So far he has received 40 cards.

“I gave him to key to the P.O. box,” Nickerson said. “He was so excited when he opened it.”


Nickerson says her son gets especially excited when cards have Lego and Super Mario characters on them.

To participate in Danny’s birthday wish,which is July 25, please mail cards to the Nickerson’s home addressed: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035.

Amanda Shea


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